Columbia Police have charged a man with felony DUI after an early-morning crash that killed a passenger in his vehicle.
Police accuse 19-year-old Benjamin Hampton of speeding on Veterans Road in Southeast Columbia just before 4 a.m. Friday when his vehicle crashed into a tree. Hampton is accused of being under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash.
A passenger in Hampton’s vehicle, 19-year-old Davon Bryant of Columbia, died at the scene, according to Richland County Coroner Gary Watts.
Police say Hampton and a 17-year-old passenger in the rear seat were removed from the vehicle and taken to the hospital, where they are in critical condition. The 17-year-old victim’s name has not been released.
Columbia Police are investigating the crash.